Rookie Card Year: 1986
Investment Rating: 6.0
Jose Canseco baseball cards and autographed memorabilia values have paralleled the roller coaster of public opinion the once-great slugger has experienced over the years. A beloved member of the Oakland Athletics' "Bash Brothers," he and fellow teammate Mark McGwire thrilled crowds with their run producing and panache for the long ball. Canseco's well-documented link to steroids and other performance enhancing drugs became the subject of a tell-all book that would forever change the game of baseball. The resulting fallout left in its wake were dozens of tainted player reputations.
Jose Canseco has three rookie cards: 1986 Donruss, 1986 Fleer and 1986 Topps Traded. Jose Canseco's official rookie cards, of which he has two, were both released in 1986 by Donruss and Fleer respectively. In addition to his rookie cards, Canseco has a handful of minor league cards. His first is in the 1983 Fritsch Madison Muskies set. However, the most valuable Jose Canseco minor league card is in 1984 Chong Modesto A's.
Canseco has several other cards, as well as stickers, that were issued the same year as his rookie card. Most notable of these are releases from Sportsflics and Star.
The first Jose Canseco autograph cards were released in 1999. Fleer Mystique has a Fresh Ink insert that's numbered to 250. 1999 SP Signature Edition has both a base autograph and a Gold parallel that's numbered to 50.
Jose Canseco's first memorabilia cards were issued the following year in several Upper Deck products. Two of the most popular cards also include Canseco's signature: 2000 Upper Deck MVP Game Used Souvenirs Bat Autos (#/25) and 2000 Upper Deck Pros and Prospects Game Jersey Autographs.
After the release of his book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big, Canseco participated in a promotional book signing tour. It was one of the most affordable ways to acquire Canseco's signature. He occasionally participates in traditional sports memorabilia signing shows. Bats and baseballs are two of the most requested items to be signed.
Jose Canseco Rookie Card Checklist
At one point, the 1986 Donruss Jose Canseco Rated Rookie card was an incredibly popular and valuable card. The market has significantly softened, but high-grade examples still carry a slight premium.
Still listed as a Major League Prospect on this rookie card, Canseco, unfortunately, shares the landscape with Eric Plunk. Many collectors prefer Canseco's 1986 Fleer Update card because it is his first Fleer card with him as the sole subject.
Inserted in the 1986 Topps Traded box set, this is one of the more recognizable cards of the decade. Like all Jose Canseco rookie cards, it doesn't carry nearly as much prestige today as it once did. The much rarer 1986 Topps Tiffany version of the card remains one of Canseco's top cards that isn't autographed.
Jose Canseco Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Jose Canseco's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Jose Canseco Cut Signature Exemplar
Jose Canseco Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jose Canseco signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- A fairly legible signature defined by the over-sized "J" and "C."
- The "J" is formed with the combination of two, flat, oval shaped loops.
- The letters "o" and "e" are absent and the "s" resembles something of a printed "r" shape on an angle.
- The "C" in the last name is tall but narrow. It is formed in a manner where the up and down stroke create an elongated cursive "l" shape.
- The pen does not lift and instead flows into a closed looped "a," which itself is narrow and wider top to bottom as compared to being rounded.
- The remaining letters all look very similar.
- Any number of inscriptions may accompany his signature.
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